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PostPosted: Sat Jun 13, 2009 2:58 pm 
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How to tell if someone is gay...

Sometimes you see people and you wonder whether they are gay or not. There are certain signs to watch out for... more on those later on... but there are also people of whom it can be perfectly clear that they are VERY gay!

Gives us your pointers.

Here's a start... gay or not?


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 20, 2010 6:45 pm 
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Gaydar really exists: Scientists prove gay people are more able to pick out fellow homosexuals
By Fiona Macrae
27th May 2010

Gay people really do have an inbuilt radar that helps them seek out like-minded souls, scientists have shown.

This sixth sense, or 'gaydar', ensures they pay more attention to detail, allowing them to pluck potential partners out of a crowd. The Dutch researchers looked at whether straight and gay people focus their attention differently when faced with a problem.

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A total of 42 men and women were shown pictures of outlines of large squares and rectangles, each of which was packed with smaller shapes. Our brains are wired to take in the bigger picture, meaning that if we are shown a square filled with rectangles and asked what is inside, we can easily be fooled into saying 'squares'.

When the men and women were asked similar questions, the heterosexuals replied more quickly but were less accurate, the journal Frontiers in Cognition reports. The homosexuals took longer but got more answers right, particularly when asked about the smaller shapes, suggesting they were able to see the small details as well as the bigger picture. Or they were able to see the trees as well as the wood.

In everyday life, this attention to detail could help them work out people's sexuality.

Researcher Dr Lorenza Colzato, of Leiden University in the Netherlands, said: 'This is the first time that scientific proof has been found for the existence of a gaydar mechanism amongst homosexuals. This perceptual skill allows homosexuals to recognise other gay people faster and we think it's because they are much more analytic than heterosexuals.'

Adopting such a perceptual style presumably increases the likelihood of detecting perceptual clues indicative of homosexual orientation, which facilitates finding like-minded social peers and potential friends and sex mates. Differences in attention to detail have previously been shown among religious groups, with Italian Roman Catholics looking at the bigger picture more than those with secular views and Israeli Orthodox Jews paying less attention to detail than Israeli non-believers.

Dr Colzato said: 'This fits with the strong emphasis on social solidarity in both Catholicism and Orthodox Judaism.'

In contrast, Dutch Calvinists, who are counselled on 'minding their own business', focus on detail rather than the bigger picture.

Source: Daily Mail UK.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 16, 2012 5:39 am 
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You're more likely to spot a gay woman than a man - and most of us can work out someone's sexuality in seconds
By Tamara Cohen
15 May 2012

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All in a face? The study suggests people can judge sexuality in the blink of an eye (file photo)

They say you can tell a lot about someone from a first impression.

Apparently many of us can even guess whether a person is gay or straight after only a brief glimpse of their face, a study suggests. Researchers found most people they tested had an inbuilt ‘gaydar’.

Participants were shown images of faces, free of make-up, jewellery or hair, which may have given clues. They guessed the gay men correctly 57 per cent of the time, and gay women 65 per cent of the time. Each of the 129 college students surveyed saw 96 photos. Subjects with facial hair, glasses and makeup were not used in the study to prevent 'easy clues'. The pictures were also cropped so that hairstyles were not visible.

The study, published in the online Public Library of Science, suggests that we unconsciously make decisions about whether someone is gay or straight every time we meet a new person.

Psychologist Joshua Tabak, who led the study at Washington University, said the results suggested there may be an instinctive feel for sexuality.

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The study found it was less easy to judge a man's sexuality than a woman's (file photo)

He said: ‘It may be similar to how we don’t have to think about whether someone is a man or a woman or black or white. This information confronts us in everyday life.’ The study, published in journal PLoS ONE, attributed the lower score for men to the participants making more ‘false alarm’ errors. Mr Tabak said they could have been more likely to mistake straight men for gay because they were more familiar with the concept of gay men than they were of lesbians.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 16, 2012 5:40 am 
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57% ?? So it's really just a lucky guess then...

Morons.

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Gay and straight men may have different facial shapes, new study suggests
by Heather Saul
Friday, 8 November 2013

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A new study analysing the facial differences between homosexual and heterosexual men has found "significant morphological differences".

A study conducted by researchers from the Center for Theoretical Study at Charles University in Prague and The Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic examined the possible differences in facial shape between homosexual and heterosexual individuals and found "significant" shape differences in faces of heterosexual and homosexual men. Their results found that homosexual men were rated as more stereotypically 'masculine' than heterosexual men, which they said undermined stereotypical notions of gay men as more feminine looking.

In the first part of their study, researchers looked at the morphological differences between gay and straight men. In the second part, the team looked at whether an individual's sexual orientation can be correctly determined solely based on facial features.

The team, led by Jarka Valentova, recruited 40 gay and 40 straight white, Czech men for the first study and 33 gay and 33 straight men aged in their early 20s for the second. Eighty pictures were taken of the men in the first study using a Canon camera. Over 11,000 coordinates were established to allow for comparison using geometric morphometrics. Homosexual men showed relatively wider and shorter faces, smaller and shorter noses, and rather massive and more rounded jaws, "resulting in a mosaic of both feminine and masculine features", the authors of the study found.

Forty female and 40 male students from Charles University were then asked to rate the sexual orientation of the 66 participants in the second study by ranking their masculinity or femininity on a scale on one to seven. One indicated very masculine and seven indicated very feminine. The face shapes of homosexual men were deemed more masculine on this scale, and raters were unable to correctly identify each participants sexual orientation just from looking at their face. The authors argue this provides evidence that "sexual orientation judgment based on stereotyped gender specific traits leads to frequent misjudgment".

Speaking to the Huffington Post, Valentova stressed: “It's necessary to point out to possible misunderstandings of our results. The fact that we have found some significant morphological differences between homosexual and heterosexual men does not mean that any of the groups is easily recognizable on the street (and our Study 2 actually shows that it's not that easy to guess anyone's sexual orientation without knowing it), or that anything like that should be done (like pointing on people with our illustrations and guessing who is who).” She added that the study would need be replicated within different ethnic groups and in bigger sample sizes in order to strengthen its validity.

The authors concluded: "Our results showed that differences in facial morphology of homosexual and heterosexual men do not simply mirror variation in femininity, and the stereotypic association of feminine looking men as homosexual may confound judgments of sexual orientation."

Source: The Independent UK.

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AI can tell if you're gay: Artificial Intelligence predicts sexuality from one photo with startling accuracy
By Tufayel Ahmed
September 8, 2017

Artificial intelligence can now tell whether you are gay or straight simply by analyzing a picture of your face.

Two Stanford University researchers have reported startling accuracy in predicting sexual orientation using computer technology. Dr. Michal Kosinski and Yilun Wang, whose research will be published by the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, say that AI can distinguish between the face of a heterosexual man and a homosexual man in 81 percent of cases. For women, the predictive accuracy is 71 percent.

In comparison, the scientists say, the average human is less adept at identifying between straight and gay people purely based on an image: We are only able to guess correctly in 61 percent of cases for men and 54 percent for women. When scientists presented the algorithm with five facial images of a single person, the accuracy increased to 91 percent for men and 83 percent for women.

Kosinski and Wang used “deep neural networks” to sample 35,326 facial images of men and women taken from a dating website. Advanced computer analysis compared different facial characteristics and found that gay men and women tended to have “gender-atypical” features: fixed features such as the shape of one’s nose or jaw, and transient features such as hairstyle and facial hair.

The scientists then tested this idea to measure the "facial femininity" of each image, or the probability of that face being female. “The results show that the faces of gay men were more feminine and the faces of lesbians were more masculine than those of their respective heterosexual counterparts,” the study said. “Among men, the data-driven measure of facial femininity positively correlated with the probability of being gay.”

The findings advance discussion about the biological factors that may determine one’s sexual orientation. However, Kosinski tells The Economist, the research is not intended to be used to profile or “out” homosexual men and women. Rather, it is designed to demonstrate — or even warn — that technological advances can be used for such means and could pose a threat to our privacy, given that digital information is so easily accessible. The researchers argue the “digitalization of our lives and rapid progress in AI continues to erode the privacy of sexual orientation and other intimate traits.”

Source: Newsweek

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